(BlackDoctor.org) — Tia Mowry was thrilled when her son Cree (“it means warrior,” she says), her first child with husband Cory Hardrict, was born five days early on June 28.
“I was told to be prepared for him to come before or after my due date. I was excited to get this baby out of me,” confides The Game star, whose pregnancy—and twin sister Tamera’s wedding preparations—are the subject of Style Network’s Tia & Tamera, which premieres the first of eight episodes on Monday, August 8.
She recently sat down with BET’s Randy Norman to talk about the show, her baby and plans for the future.
How’s motherhood—is it what you expected?
Tia: It’s a lot more emotional than I expected. I knew it would be emotional but didn’t know it would be this emotional. People always say you never know love until you have your own child and all of that is true. I’m so obsessed and involved with my son. I didn’t know I’d be this exhausted. I’m so sleep deprived. When I talk to other mothers about it they’re like, “Oh yeah, honey, and it doesn’t change. Your body just gets used to it.”
Is Cory a hands-on dad?
Tia: He’s changing diapers, he’s feeding, bathing, all of it. At night I pump bottles so he can do feedings.
Who does Cree take after so far?
Tia: Cory says that when he’s upset he makes the same face I make when I’m upset. He pouts his lips. He’s very calm and I think he gets that from his father.
Will you bring him to work at The Game?
Tia: I go back in September and he’s definitely coming with me. I’m excited but very nervous about how I’m going to balance things out because right now I get no sleep and I’m gonna have to memorize lines. Lack of sleep and studying don’t go hand in hand for me.
Was it stressful to work on The Game and Tia & Tamera while pregnant?
Tia: Very. My mom and my aunties were shocked that I worked all the way up to when I went into labor. I went through a lot with this pregnancy. The baby was breech at one point, and I had a really bad case of nausea that landed me in the hospital.
To read the rest Tia’s insighful interview about new motherhood – and getting her pre-baby body back, be sure to visit BET.com.